For the 23rd year, Reinhart Realtors is teaming up with our agents and with the people of Washtenaw County (that’s you!) to collect winter coat donations. From October 29th through November 30th, you can bring new and gently used coats to any of our Charles Reinhart Sales Offices and to any open house hosted by a Reinhart agent during the month of November.
We have six office locations total: four in Ann Arbor, one in Chelsea and one in Saline. To see those specific locations, click here. And to preview all our open houses and find out where and when you can drop off in your neighborhood, click here.
In 2018, our goal is to collect 2,000 total coats for adults and children. Last year, with your help, we collected more than 1,100, and over the last 23 years of the Reinhart Coat Drive, we’ve collected more than 23,000 coats!
Together, they’re all working to ensure the homeless, struggling and underserved in our communities are cared for. Here in Michigan, that care becomes even more necessary during the biting winter months. According to Washtenaw Housing Alliance, more than 4,600 people experienced homelessness over the course of one year in 2014 and 38% of those were families with young children.
Whether living on the streets or in homes without adequate heating, these families struggle to stay warm during the fall, winter and even the early spring. And if you’ve lived in the mitten very long, you understand why. Here in Ann Arbor, we get an average of 57 inches of snowfall each year and our average low temperature in January is just 18 degrees.
So join the cause with us this November and bring a new or gently used coat to one of our offices or open houses.
We hope to see you soon!
Coat donations can be dropped at any of our six Charles Reinhart Sales Offices and at any open house hosted by a Reinhart agent during the month of November. You can see our office locations here and our list of upcoming open houses here.
We are proud to announce the launch of our new charitable foundation – the Reinhart Charitable Foundation.
The goal of the new foundation is to champion both volunteerism and fundraising, for organizations that work to improve the quality of life in the communities that we serve.
Dave Lutton, President of Reinhart, said, “As a corporation, we have always placed a high priority on giving back to the community, and have a long history of helping a wide range of organizations throughout Washtenaw County”. Nancy Bowerbank, the newly appointed Chair of the Reinhart Charitable Foundation, and Sales Manager of the Reinhart North office added, “Charitable giving has always been at the heart of our business model. Our agents and employees have been fundraising and volunteering for years, but the Foundation gives us a structured way to do this work and will allow us to serve our community more effectively!”
Ozone House is the Foundation’s first Charity Partner. Ozone House supports children and young people, ages 10 to 20 years old who are in crisis and seeking help for a variety of reasons. Support includes emergency, transitional and permanent housing options, counseling, family intervention, a 24-hour crisis line, life skills training, job training, LGBTQ support and a safe drop-in center that serves over 800 youth per year with after school programs and a hot meal. Last year, Ozone House supported over 4,000 young people in Washtenaw County.
The hardworking Associates at Reinhart closed 3,631 transactions in 2017 – more than double our closest competitor. When you need to buy or sell a home it’s best to hire the company with the most practice at completing sales successfully. Year after year that is Reinhart.
Let us earn your business by helping you explore your options. Start today by contacting a Reinhart Associate.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that celebrates and supports philanthropy. Reinhart supports this event with our Annual Coat Drive. Over our Coat Drive’s 21-year history, we have collected more than 20,000 new and gently used winter coats. This year we have partnered with over 30 local non-profits in order to keep Washtenaw County warm.
This year all coats that are collected will go to the following organizations:
Reinhart recognized members of the 2017 President’s Club on Monday, October 30 at Jiffy Mix. Lunch was served at the Common Grill to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of more than 90 real estate agents.
For nearly 30 years, the President’s Club has recognized the top producers at the Charles Reinhart Company Realtors. To qualify for the President’s Club, an agent must close 18 or more transactions per year, which is more than 2.5 times the national average.
“Our annual President’s Club event provides fellowship as well as peer and corporate recognition for the elite members of our sales team,” explains Dave Lutton, President of the Charles Reinhart Company Realtors. “They are industry leaders. It is our pleasure to honor them. Their outstanding sales achievements are the reason for our firm’s dominant position in the local real estate industry.”
The 2017 President’s Club includes:
Ladonna Bow Billman
Deb Odom Stern
October is National Fire Safety Month. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 60% of home fire deaths result from homes with no smoke alarms or working alarms with dead or missing batteries. The facts are clear: smoke detectors save lives.
Most homes that we inspect on a daily basis have deficiencies in smoke detector placement, batteries missing, or lack of detectors where they are needed.
Today’s tip will help you to determine if your home is up to today’s standards when it comes to fire safety. In addition to these tips, make sure to always read the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure there aren’t any variations specific to your detector for placement, use, or replacement.
What is the problem? The recommendations for smoke detector placement has changed over time. Many homes we inspect simply lack detectors in some areas because that was the standard when the home was built or detectors were added to the home.
The NFPA recommends placement inside each bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and at least one on every level of your home at a minimum.
For more information on installation, placement, and testing from the NFPA, click here. Types of detectors Did you know that there are different types of fires? Some fires start out slow and smoldering for a while before they become larger fires, and some start off fast and flaming.
There are different types of smoke detectors that are more responsive to different types of fires. Our previous informational email discusses the 2 types and how they are used for a safer home: Click on the following link for Smoke Detector Types.
Battery vs Hardwired
Newer homes are built with smoke detectors hard wired into the electrical system. This ensures that the detectors always have sufficient power to be at full sound capacity and also to send a signal to other smoke detectors in the home to sound off.
Most older homes do not have hard wired detectors (you can tell by twisting the detector counter-clockwise to remove it from the base and find out if it’s connected to wiring through the ceiling or wall, see photo). Detectors that are not hard wired rely solely on battery power. ALWAYS change batteries when they chirp, regardless of which type of detector you have. Some detectors now come with 10-year batteries (which is the lifespan of many detectors).
Wi-Fi Technology and detectors
As Smart technology advances, it can improve many areas of our lives – including safety. Smart smoke detectors can integrate with phone apps to alert you to a fire when you are away from home. In addition, smart alarms have various additional features, such as wireless connection to other detectors (great if you don’t have hard wired detectors), monitoring battery lives, running self-testing on monitors, and more.
Smart detectors can be installed as their own stand-alone system. If you are already using smart technology for other systems in your home, like a security system, consider adding smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are compatible with your system. They are more expensive than traditional monitors, but you should find that the features outweigh the additional costs. Also, the additional cost is far less than installation cost of a hard wired system in an older home when you add up electrical work and wall/ceiling repairs that would be necessary.
Over the coat drive’s 21-year history, Reinhart has collected more than 21,000 coats, all of which have been donated to agencies in our community. The need for winter coats, especially for children, continues to be great. The 22nd Annual Coat Drive hopes to help fill that need in our community as the weather gets colder.
For more information about the 22nd Annual Coat Drive, please contact Greer Thibodeau, Marketing Coordinator at 734-669-5837 or firstname.lastname@example.org.